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Forum Post: JUST SAY NO TO A.L.E.C. 40 fucked-up years. Can you believe it? 40

Posted 11 months ago on July 29, 2013, 8:56 p.m. EST by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN
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Click Here to Tell Lawmakers to Ditch ALEC!

The voice of corporate special interests in state legislatures, ALEC, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Help crash the party!

Tell state legislators to say NO to ALEC!

The time is NOW to ramp up our efforts against the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)!

Please take a moment to sign our petition now to state legislators -- both ALEC members and nonmembers alike -- telling them to Say No to ALEC.

Next week, ALEC will host its annual conference in Chicago … but this is not just their regular gathering. It’s ALEC’s 40th anniversary, and they’ll be marking four decades of success as a front group for the Radical Right and corporate special interests with plenty of celebrating.

We’ll be there to crash the party.

People For the American Way is joining allies and activists for the largest anti-ALEC actions to date. You can be a part of it and make sure your voice is represented by joining our petition, which we’ll use in showing strength against ALEC and sending the message to ALEC legislators in Chicago next week.

We’re encouraging PFAW supporters to come to Chicago if they can, but you can be there in spirit -- in the style of a “virtual march” -- by adding your name to the petition now.

When we joined efforts last year to pressure companies to break ties with ALEC, over 100,000 PFAW members took action -- and many of them took repeated action, targeting specific consumer brands. We had remarkable success, with companies like McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Proctor & Gamble, Amazon, Blue Cross, Kraft and many more officially ceasing their support of and involvement with the group.

Now we need to keep up that pressure and get ALEC’s legislator members to do the same -- to cut ties with ALEC, and stop pushing their radical pro-corporate and far-right agenda.

Help expose ALEC and diminish their support by joining this major anti-ALEC action with your signature now.

For years, PFAW and our affiliate PFAW Foundation have worked to expose the insidious influence of ALEC in state legislatures and the corporate special interests that are manipulating the legislative process via ALEC.

ALEC’s been instrumental in promoting notorious right-wing state legislation like Florida’s “shoot first/stand your ground” law, Arizona’s infamous “show me your papers” immigration bill and Voter ID laws aimed at disenfranchising minority and young voters in many states.

Membership in and support of ALEC must carry a cost … and that cost should be particularly high for the politicians who are actually on the front lines enacting ALEC’s dangerous, ideological agenda.

Please take action now by joining our petition to state legislators across the country telling them to Ditch ALEC!

And, as always, please make sure to help spread the word after you take action.

Thank you for taking action and for all you do.

-- Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

Union-busting, fighting Obamacare, backing the Stand Your Ground laws that led to Trayvon Martin’s death, denying the proof of climate change… there’s nothing the American Legislative Exchange Council won’t stoop to.

The public outcry against ALEC has caused nearly fifty corporations to drop out over the past several months. But now Facebook, Google and Yelp are looking to reverse that trend. The companies recently joined the group responsible for some of the most egregious anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-poor, and anti-minority legislation in the past decade. Now, we need to raise an outcry to show them that getting in bed with ALEC is unacceptable, before all the hard work over the past year is undone.

Demand Facebook, Google and Yelp drop their ALEC membership now.

We can’t afford to have three major tech companies help finance a monstrosity like this right-wing lobbying group, and they can’t afford the bad press that comes with an ALEC membership. ALEC has become a toxic brand that image-conscious companies don’t want to be associated with.

ALEC worked in close conjunction with the NRA to push the controversial Stand Your Ground law onto dozens of states. ALEC helped private prison companies enact Arizona’s “papers please” law in order to fill up cells with Latinos. It has sponsored a host of horrific laws that are tearing down personal rights and handing over money to corporations. We simply cannot allow such practices to be condoned by major companies.

Our voices already shamed over fifty companies and nonprofits, including the likes of Amazon, Walmart, and Coca-Cola, into dropping out of the American Legislative Executive Council. Just recently, after months of pressure by students, Sallie Mae left the group. But if we don’t speak out now, Google, Facebook, and Yelp could start back the movement of corporate funding into ALEC.

Sign on to tell Google, Facebook, and Yelp to stop associating with ALEC immediately.

Thanks for all that you do, Claiborne, Rob, and the rest of us.


More Information:

ALEC at 40: Turning back the clock on progress and prosperity, ALEC Exposed, 23 August 2013.

Tech Giants partner with ALEC, Salon Magazine, 16 August 2013.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Damn ALEC and all it's works.


Justice for our son Trayvon: 'Stand Your Ground' laws must be reviewed.

Sign Tracy and Sybrina's Petition

Last year, our son Trayvon Martin was stalked, chased down and killed by George Zimmerman, and Zimmerman received no punishment whatsoever. That's in large part because Florida is one of at least 21 states with some form of 'Stand Your Ground' law which enables people like George Zimmerman to claim self-defense.

'Stand Your Ground' was never meant to give aggressors the opportunity to get away with murder, but that is what happened when our son Trayvon was killed. After Trayvon's death, law enforcement used the law as an excuse to refuse to arrest George Zimmerman. Even worse, the jury in the case was instructed to think of what Zimmerman did as self-defense, even though Zimmerman ignored instructions from the police and instigated conflict with our son, who was just trying to get home to his father.

We are shocked and heartbroken by the jury’s decision to allow our son’s killer to go free. Despite our despair, we must honor Trayvon’s legacy by doing all that we can to protect other young people from being targeted, pursued, and senselessly murdered.

We started a petition on Change.org calling on 21 governors whose states have some form of 'Stand Your Ground' laws to review those laws and amend them so that people who instigate conflicts -- people like George Zimmerman -- won't be able to use these laws to get away with murder.

We are not the only ones calling for 'Stand Your Ground' laws to be reviewed. President Obama spoke out on the need for review, and prominent Republicans like Senator John McCain have joined him. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s not ‘black’ or ‘white’ issue, it’s a wrong and right issue.

This is a matter of making sure that no other family will ever have to go through what we have been through. No parents should ever have to know what it feels like to watch your child's killer walk free.

Our hearts broke on the night of February 26, 2012 when George Zimmerman killed our son -- and we were stunned and devastated when the police refused to arrest Zimmerman. We petitioned for Zimmerman's arrest on Change.org, and after more than 2 million people joined our call, Zimmerman was charged with our son's murder. We felt so much closer to justice for Trayvon, and so grateful for the support of those who signed our petition.

But on July 13, 2013, our hearts broke again when the jury set Zimmerman free. Our hearts broke because it is so hard to accept that we can't protect Trayvon anymore. But we can fight to make sure that this never happens again.

Please sign our petition calling for a thorough review of all 'Stand Your Ground' laws to prevent killers like George Zimmerman from going free.

We want to say thank you to all of you who have stood up for our son. Because of all your efforts, Trayvon’s life is celebrated all over the world. Please continue to stand with us as we fight to ensure that his legacy is to leave behind a safer and more peaceful world for all our sons and daughters.

Thank you, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton

Sign Tracy and Sybrina's Petition

[-] 1 points by forourfutures (393) 11 months ago

Good petition. It might cause state legislators to realize what they are rubbing up against when dealing with ALEC.

I will say the thing is vague and written in the ows compliant style, with no legal teeth. I found a thread a few months back that had a link to a petition which really makes American citizens shine while totally putting ALEC on the spot.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/956/975/440/does-alec-really-want-an-article-v-convention-with-constitutional-intent/

It's great! If they don't comment, it shows they don't give a shit about the most important principles of America.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Putting everyone on notice that ALEC is pure poison to associate with is a very good thing to do - it may well feed the drive in removing those asses from government.

[-] -1 points by TikiJ (-38) 11 months ago

There would be no one left.

I would support that.

[-] -1 points by shooz (17842) 11 months ago

One of it's "designers" is the man who set up the fall of Michigan back in the 90's.

http://writtenandnoted.wordpress.com/tag/john-engler/

Good to know, that despite some of the ignorant talk on the subject around here.

Leveler heads have better things to do.

http://www.nycga.net/events/shut-down-alec/

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

Thx & Tweet -

http://writtenandnoted.wordpress.com/tag/john-engler/

http://www.nycga.net/events/shut-down-alec/


Yep good to see actual issues being addressed.

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 months ago

40 fucked-up years. Can you believe it? 40